Nov 4, 2014
Canada launches first air strikes against ISIS: CF-18 fighter jets drop laser-guided bombs on targets in Iraq
Canada’s CF-18s conducted their first combat strike since joining the fight against ISIS on Oct. 30. Two CF-18s attacked ISIS targets with GBU12 500-pound laser-guided bombs in the vicinity of Fallujah, Iraq.
The approximately four-hour mission included air-to-air refueling from Canada’s Polaris aircraft.
Few other details were released about the airstrike, which was the first use of bombs by CF-18 Hornets since the war to oust Muammar Gaddafi.
The announcement of the air strike on the fourth day of operations came after the chief spokesman for Task Force Iraq said that the mission had been going well since it started on Thursday, with the CP-140 M Aurora spy planes singled out for praise.
The mostly Canadian-built electro-optical and infrared sensors on the pair of upgraded Block 3 CP-140M Aurora spy planes the Royal Canadian Air Force has been flying over territory held by the Islamic State of Iraq in western and northwest Iraq have been a boon to Hornets pilots and other coalition aircrews.